November 13, 2015
Feminist writers, particularly those who criticize sexism in the video game world, have suffered nasty public abuse. Threats, fake sex ads in their names, and Twitter harassment are just some of the devices that have forced some into silence.
To read the Washington Post article, click here.
December 14, 2014
Gender, Human Rights, Sexuality
Birth Certificate, Sex Change
Curtis M. Wong of The Huffington Post reports: “Members of NYC’s transgender community and advocates are praising the city council’s vote to pass legislation, making it easier for residents to correct the sex designation on their birth certificates without surgery.” To read more, click here.
November 22, 2014
Culture, Discrimination, Sexism, Sterotype
On the website, RadioTimes, Sarah Millican, a comedian, said, “A funny thing happens when female celebrities hit the red carpet: The world tends to forget that they are actual human beings, with feelings and everything.”
She continues: “I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job. Putting clothes on is such a small part of my day. They may as well have been criticising me for brushing my teeth differently to them.” To read more, click here.
June 11, 2014
London Evening Standard, Orchestra
Louise Jury, Chief Arts Correspondent for the London Evening Standard, points to a genuine issue of sexism in classical music where the dearth of women on the podium is a subject of fierce discussion. To read more, click here.
March 19, 2014
Discrimination, Gender, Sexism
Soraya Chemaly, in her blog, “Role Reboot,” tells how the message that women are untrustworthy liars is everywhere in our culture—from TV and music, to politics and religion. So how exactly are we teaching children that women lie and can’t be trusted to be as competent or truthful as men? First, lessons about women’s untrustworthiness are in our words, pictures, art, and memory. To read more, click here.
February 9, 2014
Discrimination, Gender, Sexism
Child Care, Family Care, Flextime, Work
According to a new study published in the Journal of Social Issues, bosses favor men over women when employees request flextime. Child care and family care by women are seen by managers as eroding quality work. Biased decisions, lack of trust, and a pile of refused requests for flex time serve to create a workplace where employee motivation, commitment, and loyalty sour. To read more, click here.
November 14, 2013
Domestic Violence, Psychology
Leslie Morgan Steiner, a social worker and guest on TedTalks was in “crazy love,” that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, corrects misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explains how we can all help break the silence. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)
August 19, 2013
Gender, Human Rights, Sexuality
Beginning November 2013, Germany will be the first country in Europe to offer a “third gender” distinction on birth certificates. A new German law stipulates that children who are born of indeterminate gender no longer have to be categorized as male or female. Instead, parents can choose to leave the space blank on their child’s birth certificate. The individuals can eventually decide whether to identify as male, female or neither. The measure has a shortcoming, however: those who choose to identify as “blank” will likely encounter a host of bureaucratic headaches when traveling abroad. To read more, click here.
December 11, 2012
Virgin Mobile US scrapped an online advertisement that appeared to make light of rape after an online backlash and harsh criticism from Virgin Group founder, Richard Branson. The ad showed a man covering a woman’s eyes and holding a present by her neck with the caption, “The gift of Christmas surprise. Necklace? Or chloroform?” To read more click here.
April 27, 2012
Gender, Race, Racism, Sexism
Rape, Sexual Assault
This is a trailer from “No!: The Rape Documentary,” a film that investigates intersections of race, gender, and sexual assault.
To visit the film producer’s website, click here.
April 21, 2012
Gender-Based Violence, Men, Rape, Training
The nonprofit organization, Men Can Stop Rape, will hold a comprehensive training on July 18-20, 2012 that will equip participants to engage men in preventing gender-based violence. For a description of the training (limited to 25 participants) and more information, click here.
February 28, 2012
A Washington Post report, The Myth of the Ideal Worker: Does Doing the Right Things Really Get Women Ahead?, reveals that women do ask for raises and promotions. They just don’t get as much in return. To read more click here.
February 19, 2012
According to the Gender Bias Learning Project, gender bias falls in to four patterns:
1. “Prove it again,” when women must work twice as hard to get half as far.
2. “Maternal wall,” when mothers are assumed to be incompetent and uncommitted.
3. “Double bind,” when women must choose between being liked and respected.
4. “Gender wars,” when gender bias turns into conflict among women.
The project’s website offers videos illustrating these patterns, clips from gender bias experts, and other educational resources. Strategies for coping with gender bias are also offered. To reach the project, a effort from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law, click here.
December 30, 2011
Anti-Semitism, Classism, Ethnocentrism, Heterosexism, Racism, Sexism
A study led by Paul Verhaeghen, a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology, found that facets of U.S. culture, such as literature, movies, television, radio and the internet, may contribute to the problem of racism, sexism and other “isms” by exhibiting the same stereotypes that society tries to snuff out. To read the story in Science Daily, click here.
November 12, 2011
A new study, Sexism and Gender Inequality Across 57 Societies, found that individual sexism leads to gender inequality in the society as a whole. To read more about the study in a Science Daily article, click here.
October 10, 2011
Standing up against sexist comments can be difficult and uncomfortable for women. But one study shows it could actually make men easier to deal with. To read more click here.
July 24, 2011
A 'save the girl child' poster at a Delhi hospital.
There are about 7.1 million fewer girls than boys under the age of six in India because of gender-selective abortions. The gap has grown substantially since the 2001 census, which found 6 million fewer girls, and the 1991 census, 4.2 million fewer. The statistics are part of a longstanding and alarming practice of sexism in the country. On average, boys receive more parental time a day than girls – an extra 30 minutes , or 14%. The quality of childcare is also better for boys, who are more likely to be vaccinated and given vitamin supplements, and are typically breastfed for longer. Such differential care probably accounts for nearly a third of the higher mortality rate for girls. To read more, click here.
July 11, 2011
A recent study on “benevolent sexism,” paternalistic behavior towards women that idealizes them affectionately, has raised some ire. According to the study, men are less likely to notice such sexism, but others protest that what the study considers benevolent sexism is actually appropriate polite behavior. The debate raises interesting questions about sexism and its subtle operation in society. To read more, click here.
July 2, 2011
Women bosses sometimes have a reputation for being especially difficult and display what’s called “queen bee” behavior, distancing themselves from other women and refusing to help other women as they rise through the ranks. Now, a new study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, concludes that it’s wrong to blame the woman for this behavior; instead, blame the sexist environment. To read more, click here.
May 22, 2011
In this New York Times editorial, Nicholas D. Kristof says,
When we hear about human trafficking in India or Cambodia, our hearts melt. The victim has sometimes been kidnapped and imprisoned, even caged, in a way that conjures our images of slavery. But in the United States we see girls all the time who have been trafficked — and our hearts harden.
To read the complete article, click here.
April 22, 2011
Film Industry, Hollywood, Media, Women
In this article, Rachel Simmons talks about a stunning piece in The New Yorker on the film industry’s portrayal of women. Here is an excerpt:
To make a woman adorable, one successful female screenwriter says, “You have to defeat her at the beginning. It’s a conscious thing I do – abuse and break her, strip her of her dignity, and then she gets to live out our fantasies and have fun. It’s as simple as making the girl cry, fifteen minutes into the movie. Relatability is based upon vulnerability, which creates likability.”
The consequences of this and similar depictions has a devastating impact on women and girls. To read more, click here.
April 8, 2011
Gender, Race, Racism, Sexism
Ida B. Wells (l) and Frances E. Willard (Courtesy of the National Women's History Museum)
An 1894 showdown between anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and temperance leader Frances E. Willard revealed the grip that racial resentment had over the American suffrage movement. To learn more click here.
April 3, 2011
Ableism, Classism, Ethnocentrism, Heterosexism, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Transphobia
In an article from his blog, Fineness & Accuracy, Scott Madin talks about the difference between saying something that is “offensive,” and saying something that harms others because of racism, sexism, homophobia, and the like. The article adds clarity to the “you’re-being-offensive-too” argument often made when people are rebuked for remarks that reinforce oppression. To read the article, click here.
April 2, 2011
Gender, Human Rights, Sexism
After three years, the Movies That Matter Festival has become a cinematic highlight in The Hague, attracting some 15,000 visitors to the personal stories of people maintaining their dignity under difficult circumstances. The festival includes workshops, debates and educational activities. To learn more click here.
March 31, 2011
Ableism, Classism, Ethnocentrism, Gender, Heterosexism, Racism, Sexism
What do Mary Daly, Margaret Sanger, Nellie McClung, Martha Griffiths, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, Julie Bindel, Robin Morgan, Germaine Greer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Janice Raymond, Sheila Jeffreys, and Beth Elliott have in common? According to s. e. smith, “All of these ‘leading lights’ of the feminist movement are contributors to a long and not very proud history of dragging -isms into the feminist movement.” To read smith’s article, click here.
March 24, 2011
Classism, Demographics, Gender, Poverty, Race
Timothy Noah’s series on why the wealth gap has grown so dramatically points out that the usual suspects: race and gender are responsible for non of the wealth gap haunting the U.S. But what factors are responsible, and why should you care? The article from Slate Magazine gives intriguing answers. Click here to read more.
March 23, 2011
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto talks about how she was berated for being a terrible mother because she decided to be the non-custodial parent to her children. She states:
I love my sons and they know it. Like many divorced parents, I don’t sleep in the same house with them, but that does not mean I am evil or human garbage.
To read more of her Huffington Post article, click here.
March 14, 2011
Ability, Classism, Cross-Cultural Relations, Demographics, Ethnicity, Gender, Poverty, Race, Religion
If the Earth had only 100 people, this is what it would be like. The haunting video is an important reminder about world poverty and interconnection. To read more about the Miniature Earth Project, click here.
March 14, 2011
Art, Deconstructivism, Women
The Neuberger Musem of Art in Purchase, New York is the first to show a survey of women’s contributions to deconstructivism, an art form that disassembles and recontextualizes materials to show the potentially harmful messages. To read more in the New York Times article, click here.
March 11, 2011
Demographics, Gender, Sexism
Read more about the effort for equality for women at weareequals.og.